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The Best Laid Plans

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    The Unperfect Plan for Friends

    When The Best Laid Plans by Sarah Mayberry landed in my mailbox, I am convinced this book arrived at just the perfect time for me since I was out of books to read and review! So when this book arrived, I quickly jumped within the pages. I read this book in just a few days! I always love reading books from Harlequin. While I was not asked to review this book, I do want to share my thoughts!

    We first meet Alexandra (Alex) Knight, she accidentally runs into her ex-boyfriend who happens to have a baby boy in his arms. She acts nervous and shocked as she tries to say the simplest words to him. We quickly learn why she's thrown off course, she wanted a baby with her ex-boyfriend and he had always insisted he didn't want a baby. She spent 7 years with him and finally realized he wasn't going to change. Alex visits her doctor where she is told she has a small window to conceive a child, especially at her age of 38.

    Then we meet Ethan Stone, her co-worker, friend, and racquetball partner. They had always remained platonic friends, mainly because they were co-workers and because they both wanted different things. Ethan is in plain terms a player! He isn't looking to settle down, he just wants to be single, unattached and never get married again. Alex wants marriage, kids, family -- the whole package!

    Ethan and Alex make plans to have a baby together, but before they do, they draw up a contract. Being that they are lawyers, they come up with an agreement that they both agree upon before making the plans and appointments to get pregnant. Through this process, they become closer as friends and quietly develop feelings for each other without letting each other know. Through their journey we learn more about Alex as well as Ethan. Alex meets Ethan's family and they adore her. We also learn why Ethan doesn't want to get married. He's been married and went through a divorce 5 years before. His ex-wife puts him through hell and this leaves Ethan devastated!

    Ethan and Alex's journey through their planning is emotional, real, and personal. They are two people who want to make a baby together, without being in a relationship. The feelings that they are experiencing feel so real. Ethan and Alex face bumps and obstacles through their planning of making a baby.

    Even if you aren't a parent, you will enjoy this book. This is a sweet, feel good, warms your heart, and enduring book from Harlequin!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2010

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    The Clock is Ticking

    Alexandra Knight's biological clock has gone off! Thirty-eight years old and with dwindling options; an ex boyfriend who wanted no children, queasiness over artificial insemination, and a doomed-from-the-start impossible relationship with pretty boy colleague Ethan Stone Alex is desperate not to be desperate about having a baby while her fertile years remain.

    But following the sexy banter and playful insults between Alex and impossible-to-have Ethan is half the run of the ride. The characters are likeable, sympathic and the pacing is quick and straight forward. Perfect for a evening of relaxation. I enjoyed Sarah Mayberry's writing style and sense of life.

    A super romance, the story did not disappoint the premise. If you like Harlequin you will like this read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 27, 2010

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    a terrific Australian contemporary romance

    Thirty-eight years old Melbourne corporate attorney Alex Knight has always separated her legal career from her personal life; some would argue she fostered her professional life at the cost of her personal life. However, lately she feels her biological clock ticking away as she wants a child to raise with or without a man.

    Since she has no male prospects, Alex asks her friend Ethan Stone to donate his sperm. He agrees until he learns what the medical procedure involves; she is stunned too. Attracted to one another, they agree to try sex that becomes lovemaking to bring a child into the world. However, she has doubts about wanting a threesome and he has major commitment issues.

    The Best Laid Plans is a terrific Australian contemporary romance due to the strong lead protagonists and the wonderful setting that brings out their personal needs and flaws. Readers will believe Alex's biological clock ticking down, but it is the almost psychotic fear of commitment by Ethan that makes for a strong tale as the more he falls in love the more he psychologically denies and runs from love.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Great Read

    This book was very good. The characters were likeable and the storyline was interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Good read

    Recommend

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